To legendary places and impressive basalt formations
The landscape on my 13.5-kilometre medium-difficulty hike on the "Watzenhahner Riesen" GeoRoute is characterised by Westerwald basalt. On my way, I encounter countless rock formations such as the GeoTop Watzenhahner Riesen.
At the Kranstein, the GeoTop of the Year 2020, between Willmenrod and Weltersburg, my tour begins through the old forests around the Watzenhahn, whose ridge rises above the Limburg Basin in the northwest. Impressive, legendary sites and basalt formations accompany me with their striking wave structures, a prime example of a fossilised seabed from the Devonian period and, for me, geology you can touch. Near the Bertenauer Kopf I discover the small crater "Wolkenstein". , together with Lake Manrother, gives me an idea of the efforts that were once made in the region to mine the volcanic rock. Non-ferrous metals (copper, lead, etc.) were mined in the three mines Wilhelminensegen, Schiefer and Bertenauerkopf along the trail.
It is also possible to take the RB90 train from Limburg or Siegenaus to Willmenrod or Berzhahn stations.
Take enough liquid with you. There are not many places to stop for refreshments.
Please wear hiking shoes that are adapted to the trail and that give you sufficient grip even on slippery and steep or stony and uneven paths.
If you feel that certain sections of the trail are not passable for you, you should avoid them. Especially in adverse weather conditions, muddy and slippery passages can occur on natural paths.
Especially in autumn, you should also be aware that leaves lying on the ground can hide bumps, roots, stones or holes in the path. You have to expect such path impairments when you undertake a hike.
Although the trail is very well marked throughout, you should always have a suitable hiking map with you for safety reasons.
Tips and hints
TOURIST-INFORMATIONEN: TI WällerLand am Wiesensee
Nationaler GEOPARK Westerwald-Lahn-Taunus
Grube Fortuna 135606 Solms-Oberbiel
GeoTop Kranstein, K95, 56459 Weltersburg (50.528747, 7.967443) or at the Old School in 56459 Weltersburg (Haupstr. 17a)
Book recommendations for this region:
- Wear sturdy shoes and suitableweatherproof clothing that protects you from cold and wet or heat and sun.
- 2 Waypoints
- 2 Waypoints